The difference between top and bottom: one stoppage time goal.
But it’s not just any goal.
First-placed Chivas Guadalajara and last-placed Puebla squared off in Liga MX action on Saturday, and with the game tied 2-2 in injury time and both teams down to 10 men, the winning moment came on a laughable goalkeeping mistake.
As Puebla netminder Cristian Campestrini looked to encourage his teammates to push forward for one more attack, he lost concentration for just a moment, costing him and his team. He placed the ball on the ground and looked up to take aim for his boot, without realizing Chivas striker Carlos Fierro was right behind him, waiting for Campestrini to do just that.
Fierro then picked his pocket, rounded the shocked goalkeeper, and scored the winner.
Not only did Fierro steal the ball in a moment of weakness, but he then added insult to injury by rounding the Puebla goalkeeper while he floundered on the ground, hoping to bear crawl his way to a big stop. It wasn’t to be, and Fierro bagged the big goal.
That kept Chivas two points in front at the top of the Clausura 2017 table, while Puebla is a point in the basement.